On Thursday Vice President Mike Pence appeared on the Senate to cast the tie-breaking vote. The Vice Presidents vote ceases an Obama-era rule that blocked states from “defunding health providers for political reasons.” Republicans are moving ahead with this procedure vote to defund Planned Parenthood.
Two Republicans voted against the measure requiring the Vice President to appear to cast the 51-50 tie-breaking vote. Republicans were so desperate for votes they even brought Senator Johnny Isakson to the floor who hasn’t voted since February because he has been recovering from back surgery. The Hill reports:
Former President Obama’s rule required that state and local governments distribute federal Title X funding for services related to contraception, fertility, pregnancy care and cervical cancer screenings to health providers, regardless of whether they also performThe Hill abortions.
Senate Democrats are furious:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office sent a note to reporters with the subject line: “What’s going on with this Senate vote? The VP needs to break the tie & harm women’s health.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) criticized Pence’s tiebreaking vote, tweeting: “Just in case we didn’t already have enough men making decisions on women’s health.”
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)—who sat on the Senate floor and waited for Pence to arrive—pledged that Democrats would spend Thursday afternoon speaking out against the GOP-effort.
“They’re pushing this resolution so hard today to the point where they bring the vice president to break a tie, it’s safe to bet that Republicans are going to try to attach riders to take away Planned Parenthood funding in the spending bill for the rest of the year,” said Murray—the No. 3 Senate Democrat.
Republicans are continuing to rip apart any advancement that was made for justice and equality. Now Republicans are chipping away at women’s rights as they roll us back to the dark ages.
Source: The Hill